Video commentary on II Kings 17 by Dr. Bob Utley, retired Professor of Hermeneutics (Bible Interpretation). II Kings (and I Kings) is not a western history but an ancient Near Eastern theological history: (1) all the kings of the north are condemned because of the golden calves set up by Jeroboam I to represent YHWH; (2) the two strongest northern leaders, Omri and Jeroboam II are dealt with in a brief fashion and none of their political and military achievements are mentioned; (3) the two southern kings that are given the most extensive treatment are Hezekiah and Josiah. They are extolled because of their fidelity to the Mosaic Covenant and their attempted spiritual reform; (4) the only other king that receives extensive treatment is Manasseh, Hezekiah's son, but this is because he is exactly opposite his father and takes the nation into great sin. Part of the "You Can Understand the Bible"TM series. For more of Dr. Utley's Bible study guides, and audio and video sermons and commentaries, go to www.freebiblecommentary.org.